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2:00 PM ET, April 23, 2014

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Amazon.com:
Amazon and HBO Ink Exclusive Multi-Year Deal to Bring Award-Winning HBO Programming to Prime Members  —  For the first time ever, favorite HBO series like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Eastbound & Down, Oz, Band of Brothers and Deadwood, as well as early seasons …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Makes a Big Move, Snags Older HBO Shows for Web Streaming  —  You still can't get new HBO shows, like this season's “Game of Thrones,” without paying for TV.  —  But starting in May, you'll be able to get some of the premium cable channel's older stuff online — via an Amazon Prime subscription.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Andy Coulson: I quit David Cameron role due to phone-hacking coverage  —  Prime minister's former spin doctor tells court of the reasons for his resignations from No 10 and the News of the World  —  Andy Coulson resigned as David Cameron's spin doctor in January 2011 because his ability …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Andy Coulson denies bullying NoW's “single rogue reporter”, Clive Goodman, who hacked phones
Discussion: @lisaocarroll
James Ball / Guardian:
The Upshot, Vox and FiveThirtyEight: data journalism's golden age, or TMI?  —  A New York Times site completes the trio started by Nate Silver and Ezra Klein.  Maybe it's all a little too much information  —  An interactive feature on The Upshot presents five different rival models of the 2014 Senate race.
Yuras Karmanau / Associated Press:
Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine confirm they're holding Vice's Simon Ostrovsky captive  —  Pro-Russian Insurgents Hold Journalist Captive  —  DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist who has not been seen since early Tuesday.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AOL Launches Free Streaming Movies in Pact with Miramax  —  AOL is now playing in the movie biz.  —  The Internet media company inked a deal with Miramax to deliver a selection of its full-length films to U.S. users, available to watch for free (with ads) across a range of devices.
Angela Haggerty / The Drum:
Financial Times targets younger readership in digital campaign  —  A digital advertising campaign from the Financial Times has been launched to target a younger readership.  —  The campaign was created with digital agency Essence and will run on digital poster sites at London commuter stations as well as Facebook and Twitter.
Discussion: Financial Times
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Quentin Tarantino's Gawker Lawsuit Dismissed But Can Be Refiled  —  A judge grants the website's motion to dismiss the suit over the leaked “Hateful Eight” script because the director “failed to adequately plead facts establishing direct infringement” by people who clicked on the link.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Gannett's broadcast revenue soars, circulation revenue slips  —  Revenue from broadcasting in Gannett's first quarter just about doubled over the same period a year earlier, the company announced in an earnings report Wednesday.  Gannett attributed the 99.5 percent rise in broadcast revenue …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Justices test Aereo on copyright issue but raise concern about harming cloud services  —  The Supreme Court will decide the fate of Aereo, an Internet start-up that's frightening the TV industry with an old-school technology: the antenna.  Technology reporter Cecilia Kang …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
NBC turnaround and Winter Olympics help lift Comcast earnings  —  Comcast's first-quarter profit increases 30% from a year earlier to $1.87 billion.  The cable giant's revenue soars 14% to $17.41 billion.  —  The Olympic Rings are silhouetted as fireworks light up the sky during …
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Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Tumblr Study Says It Has More Social TV Activity Than Twitter  —  Study Looks at 11-Day Window to Compare Chatter  —  Slide from Pulsar study on Tumblr + TV  —  Twitter got its ad business off the ground by selling marketers on the premise that its service complements TV, and now it appears that Tumblr is treading a similar path.
Discussion: thedrum.com and Business Insider
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Sues Hong Kong Over Unlawful Shutdown  —  Well over two years have passed since Megaupload was taken offline, and the U.S. Government still hasn't found a way to serve the Hong Kong based company.  —  During all this time the Hong Kong authorities have kept Megaupload's assets locked up …
Discussion: @rothken and Softpedia News
Robin Givhan / New York Magazine:
The Golden Era of ‘Fashion Blogging’ Is Over  —  Until about a decade ago, there had always been an unwritten protocol when seated in the front row of a fashion show.  Do not lean forward.  Keep your legs tucked neatly under your seat, your handbag out of camera range, and any papers discreetly in your lap.
Melissa Wiese / Sacramento Business Journal:
McClatchy revenue drops 2.7% with net loss of $5.9M, digital-only revenue up 11.6%  —  McClatchy reports revenue drop in Q1  —  The McClatchy Co. said Wednesday that revenue dropped by 2.7 percent in the first quarter to $287.2 million, compared to the year-earlier period.
 
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Daniel Beekman / NY Daily News:
Judge rules journalist must turn over information about NYPD whistleblowers to city
Discussion: New York Post
NDTV News:
Pakistan's Geo TV in trouble for accusing ISI over attack on journalist Hamid Mir
Kevin Gray / Reuters:
Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sleazy tabloid links have taken over the web — but their days may be numbered
Discussion: @jake_k and The Huffington Post
Al Jazeera English:
Al Jazeera journalists' trial adjourned again
Discussion: @castancentre, CNN and Guardian
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
YouTube channel comes to Roku models launched after July 2011 for US, UK, Canada, Ireland
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Study: no consistent method of labeling or crediting user generated content used in TV news
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Right (And Wrong) Way To Think About How Aereo Works
Discussion: @mathewi and New York Magazine
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Lauren Zalaznick Joins Shazam Board
Discussion: Ars Technica and Ottawa Citizen
David Lieberman / Deadline.com:
Time Inc Board To Include Howard Stringer, Kay Koplovitz And Other Media Vets
Discussion: New York Post, Time Warner Inc. and WWD
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Xaxis' Sync aims to align ads on TV with ones on your phone during commercial breaks
Discussion: @groupmnext and Gawker
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Benzinga's growth attributed to its free consumer site, paid news wire and online financial service marketplace, Marketfy
Discussion: @niemanlab